The winners of this year’s Acorn Awards have been announced, in celebration of 30 of the industry’s most promising stars aged under 30.
The group is set to officially receive the ACT Clean-sponsored Acorn Awards today, at a prize giving lunch held at the four-star, 70-bedroom, AA-Rosette Foxhills hotel in Surrey. They will be presented by The Caterer editor Amanda Afiya, and co-founder and director of ACT Clean, John Stevenson.
Spanish chef-founder of three-strong London-based group Tapas Revolution, 2012 Acorn winner Omar Allibhoy, will also address the winners.
The annual awards seek to highlight and celebrate the achievements of 30 brightest prospects, with each winner nominated by their peers for their outstanding ability in their field.
This year’s winners come from a wide variety of sectors and departments, and include hotel and HR managers, front-of-house trainers, and head chefs from high-end restaurants, luxury hotels, and catering operations at sports stadia and events venues.
The winners arrived at the hotel and spa on Sunday, for a celebratory weekend including a welcome dinner plus a team-building exercise led by activity organisers Team Spirit, testing their problem-solving, strategy, and teamwork skills.
There were also welcome speeches from Afiya, and general manager of Foxhills, Jason Adams, as well as an evening drinks reception and dinner.
Close to the M25 and Heathrow Airport, Foxhills hotel is housed in a 19th century mansion, within 400 acres of grounds, and features a spa and healthclub plus the Manor restaurant, the Summerhouse restaurant, and the Nineteen bar and brasserie.
The 2015 Acorn Award winners are:
Value Centre general manager,
Amba hotel Charing Cross
Head chef, Gidleigh Park
General manager, Sunderland AFC, Centerplate UK
Hotel manager, the Pig in the Wall, Southampton
Deputy hotel manager, Campanile hotel Milton Keynes
General manager, 200 Aldersgate, Lexington Catering
Group operations manager, the Nettleton Collection
General manager, Kensington Place restaurant, D&D London
HR manager, London Marriott hotel Maida Vale
Food and beverage manager,
Macdonald Manchester hotel & spa
Head of training (director), Mozzo Coffee
Sommelier, Launceston Place restaurant, D&D London
Operations executive, Premier Inn Leeds East
HR manager, the London Edition
Head of staffing operations and HR,
Emirates Stadium, Delaware North
Hotel manager, Northcote
Front office manager, the London Edition
Operations manager, Premier Inn Deansgate Locks
Chef-patron, Rafters Restaurant
Revenue and reservations manager,
The Beaumont, London
Human resources manager, London Marriott hotel
Manager, Club Lounge 39, Lusso Catering, CH&Co
Head of nutrition and education,
Chartwells, Compass Group
General catering manager, Thomas Miller,
General manager, Mansion House, CH&CO
Group general manager, Champneys
Restaurant manager, the Plough Inn, Longparish
Front office manager, the Chesterfield Mayfair
Front office trainer, Red Carnation Hotels
Operations manager, the Chancellors Collection,
The University of Manchester